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Base H - Signy Island Antarctica

©Copyright W. Townsend - picture taken 1963

This is the cover of a winter base publication. Such winter magazines have been popular since the very early days of Antarctic exploration with Scott back in the first years of the 1900's.

This fella looks like he's up for the "Golden Blanket" award which was given to whoever had spent the greatest amount of the winter in bed. Late to get up and early to bed, sometimes someone would spend the whole day or even longer in bed.

Not good news really, these days we would probably call it depression.

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This picture is one of a collection assembled in 2007 on the 60th anniversary of Signy Island Base: 60°43'S 045°36'W. Thank you to those who sent their treasured memories of their time in Antarctica and allowed them to be made into a commemorative cd and then placed here on the web.

The reunion weekend was 14-16 September 2007.

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